BJP manifesto highlights: Rs 25-trn agri push, pension for small traders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah during the party’s Central Election Committee meeting in New Delhi (File photo: PTI)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday released its poll manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. BJP president Amit Shah highlighted the government's achievements while Home Minister Rajnath Singh read out the key promises in the manifesto. He also headed the committee that drafted it. 

Here are the key takeaways of the BJP's manifesto for Lok Sabha elections 2019:
  • Agri loans available on credit cards up to Rs 1 lakh at zero per cent rate of interest 
  • Collateral-free credit up to Rs 50 lakh for entrepreneurs
  • Promotion of Startups through creation of a ‘Seed Startup Fund’ of Rs 20,000 crore.
  • 10 per cent material procurement for the government by MSMEs having at least 50 per cent women in their workforce 
  • Micro, small and medium enterprises to given Rs 1 trillion worth of credit by 2024.
  • A pucca house to every family who are either living in a kuchha house or have no access to housing by 2022.
  • Expand Ayushman Bharat to include all  Anganwadi workers and ASHA workers
  • ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ to be launched to ensure piped water supply to every household in India by 2024
  • Double the number of MBBS doctors by 2024
  • Expenditure of up to Rs 25 trillion on rural economy 
  • BJP manifesto says it is committed to ensuring 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state Assemblies through a constitutional amendment.
  • Every Gram Panchayat to be connected through a high speed optical fibre network by 2022.
  • Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM KISAN) that provides Rs 6,000 a year to landholding farmers owning up to 2 hectares of land will be extended to all land-owning farmers irrespective of their landholdings.
  • BJP manifesto also reiterates the party's position for the abrogation of Article 370. Committed to scrap Article 35A
  • Citizenship Amendment Bill will be passed in both houses of the Parliament and implemented
  • Small traders, small and marginal  farmers to be given pension benefits after 60 years of age
  • Effective steps on curbing illegal immigration to northeastern states
  • Will build  at Ayodhya as soon as possible
  • Focus on security: Strengthen strike capability of the armed forces, zero tolerance against terrorism
  • Build consensus on clubbing state and national polls
  • Will double the length national highways. Rs 100 trillion investment in the infrastructure sector by 2024
  • Aspire to make India the third largest economy of the world by 2030. This implies that we commit to make India a $5 trillion economy by 2025 and $10 trillion economy by 2032
  • Set up one Medical College or Post Graduate Medical College in every district, through public or private participation, by 2024.
  • 200 more Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas by 2024
  • Number of seats in central law, engineering, science and management institutions by at least 50% in the next five years.
  • On the lines of Aadhaar project, complete digitization of land records to be initiated on a mission mode. Implementation of second-generation land reforms to ensure title guarantee for the landholder and reduce land-related litigation.


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